Energy requirements of <i>Uta stansburiana</i>

TitleEnergy requirements of Uta stansburiana
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1968
AuthorsAlexander CE, Whitford WG
Date Published1968
Call Number00004
Keywordsarticle, articles, behavior, Uta, journal, journals, lizard, physiology, lizard, side-blotched, lizard, Uta, lizard,behavior, reptile, also SEE <LIZARD>

Field data on the type and duration of above ground activity were obtained for a population of Uta stansburiana. These lizards were estimated to spend 2188 hr per year above ground, approximately 1/3 of this time in active movement, and 6652 hr per year in burrows. Air, substratum, and burrow temperatures were recorded weekly throughout the year. Resting and active oxygen comsumption were measured in the laboratory by a modified manometric technique. Resting oxygen consumption increased from a mean of 0.17 cc g/hr at 15 degrees to 0.34 cc g/hr at 35 degrees C. Active oxygen comsuption increased from 0.64 cc g/hr at 15 degrees to 1.1 cc g/hr at 35 degrees C. Oxygen consumption was usesd with field estimates of activity and environmental temperatures to calculate the energy budget for an adult U. stansburiana, 58 KCal/yr. Approximately 0.1% of the net primary productivity of a creosote bush (Larrea) community was estimated to be dissipated by the U. stansburiana. Thus these lizards play a minor role in the energy transfers in a Larrea community.